Books make you laugh and cry, they warm your heart…and some give you the space and the tools to confront your greatest fears. Trivial or debilitating, specific or universal, every fear is worth facing—and these books will assist you in doing just that. Some of the titles in this list tackle the problem head-on, through literal pop-up phobias and frank discussions of mental health. Others immerse you in haunted houses or place you into a post-breakup funk in order to work out your fears. It’s OK to be scared of these books, but know that by the time you reach the last page, they will have helped you fight through at least some of your terror.
Bookshelf curated by Natalie Zutter. Image credit: Hopeful.ya/Shutterstock.com